A “Request for Comments on Canada’s Expression of Interest in the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement” was published in the Federal Register today (December 7, 2011).  The Offfice of the United States Trade Representative is seeking public comment on the expression of interest by Canada to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement.

This a great opportunity for Canadian companies, Canadian subsidiaries of U.S companies, and U.S. subsidiaries of Canadian companies to  submit positive comments.  At this stage, the question is whether Canada should be allowed to participate in the negotiations – not whether specific concessions should be granted.

Written comments are due by noon, January 13, 2012.